When Orchard Lake St. Mary's wide receiver Taurian Washington showed up in Ann Arbor to participate Michigan's summer camp a few weeks back, it was supposed to be business as usual. The talented pass-catcher is use accustomed to running crisp routes, flashing good speed, and hauling in every ball in sight Surprisingly, he had anything but a typical performance on the practice fields next to Schembechler Hall…and it wasn't just because he was catching rockets off of the arm of Ryan Mallett for the first time.
"We had a seven on seven the day before and I picked up the wrong helmet," Washington explained. "I picked up my boy's helmet. He picked up my helmet and turned it in to the coach when he saw it wasn't his, so my helmet was up at the school. I was going to go up there and get it, but my coach said I wasn't going to have enough time because we were late for the Michigan camp. When I got up to the camp they gave me a helmet that was too big and it was sliding over my eyes every time I went to catch the ball. I ended up dropping a whole bunch of balls. By the time I got a decent sized helmet it was really too late
"Ryan can really throw," Washington continued. "He still was saying that he would love to play with me."
Mallett wasn't the only Wolverine that looked past the uncharacteristic performance. The Michigan coaching staff made it clear to the Washington that he was still a priority.
"I talked to coach Carr and coach Campbell," Washington recalled. "I'm still up there on their list of receivers. Basically they said if I come in and work hard, I can play. I'd just have to come in and compete."
Shortly after leaving the Ann Arbor Washington made his way down to Columbus, Ohio to take in the Buckeyes summer camp. This time he had the proper equipment, and it showed. He turned in a very strong performance that caught the attention of head coach Jim Tressel.
"I made it down to the Ohio State camp and that one went straight for me," he said. "They offered. They were always really high up on my list so it doesn't really change anything for me."
One thing that has changed, though, is Washington's decision timetable. The 6-1, 180-pouunder initially planned to settle on his choice sometime this summer, but that no longer appears to be in the cards.
"I don't know anymore," Washington said regarding whether he'd make
his decision prior to his senior season. "I don't think so. I think I'm
going to wait a little longer. I think I'm going to take all of my official
visits. I'm not quite sure if I'll go to any other visits or camps this summer.
I plan on taking on my official visits. I haven't narrowed things down to my
top five yet, but I think I'll take visits to Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin,
and Georgia Tech."